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ECAC / NIRC Regatta

May 8, 2016

Worcester, MA  – On Friday, May 6, the University of Michigan Men's Rowing Team travelled to Worcester, Massachusetts to race at the ECAC / NIRC Regatta. The squad managed to put six crews in Grand Finals, five of which won medals, including three gold medals. This gave Michigan its sixth consecutive Emerson Trophy, which is awarded to the Men's Team Points Champion.

Due to predictions for inclement weather, the regatta schedule was shifted to allow for the Varsity 8 to race first. In the heat, the crew defeated Wesleyan by open water to advance to the Grand Final, where they demolished Hobart by over five seconds to capture Michigan’s seventh ECAC / NIRC Varsity 8 title, and marking the first time in regatta history that UM had won the event in consecutive years.

The Second Varsity 8 won their heat easily over Bates before racing in the Wolverines’ closest contest of the day in the afternoon. The crew trailed Hobart’s Second Varsity 8 early before grabbing the lead, only to fall to the Statesmen by 0.02 seconds in the sprint.

By contrast, some of the largest margins of the regatta came from the Third Varsity 8. The crew flattened Trinity in their heat by over 12 seconds before steamrolling the field in the final, defeating second – place Hobart by over six seconds and posting the fastest time of the day in the process at 6:11.499.

The Fourth Varsity 8, racing in the Third Varsity 8 event, placed third behind Third Varsity 8s from Hobart and Wesleyan in their heat before a stunning sprint in the Grand Final shocked the Wesleyan crew that beat them only a few hours prior and won Michigan a bronze medal, 1.195 over the Cardinals.

The Freshman 8 won their heat easily before their open water victory over Tufts in the Grand Final. The win was UM’s third gold medal in the Freshman 8 event in ECAC / NIRC history, and the team’s first since 2013. The Second Freshman 8 also raced in the event, and advanced to the Petite Final after placing fourth in their heat.

Racing concluded with the Open 4, which was a mixed lineup of freshmen and varsity oarsmen. The crew placed a distant second in their heat before finishing fourth in the Grand Final with a time of 7:15.692.

The team will continue training on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts before leaving for the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, May 11.

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RESULTS


VARSITY LINEUPS

   1st Varsity 8    2nd Varsity 8    3rd Varsity 8    4th Varsity 8   Open 4
   C - Demi Shanahan    C - Chelsea Tistle    C - John Houghton    C - Esther Yang   C - Corrine Wong
   S - Alex Brown    S - Jordan Shore    S - Tyler Simpson    S - Jordan Sykes   S - Alex Coletta
   7 - William Burstein    7 - Jake Presto    7 - Andrew Barber    7 - Sahil Desai   3 - Nathan Morningstar
   6 - Damian Rotarov    6 - Ben Sonnega    6 - Ben Getz    6 - Levi Godin   2 - Nate Vollbrecht
   5 - Mitchell Tyson    5 - Colin Darnton    5 - Toby Buth    5 - Lyle Antieau   B - Darran Abkenar
   4 - Alika Ziker    4 - Phil Faris    4 - Mike Griffin    4 - William Denman  
   3 - Ian McGraw    3 - Lake Vitton    3 - Garrett Klumpar    3 - Robert MacDonald  
   2 - Ben Rebertus    2 - Lucien Gerondeau    2 - Steve Sikora    2 - Andrew Cronin  
   B - Grey Braybrooks    B - James Garay    B - Spencer Price    B - Steven Fegan